How to Get Into a Startup Accelerator?

In one of my recent posts titled, Startups are F$#%^& Tricky, I wrote a piece that said: As a founder, you need the chutzpah for the dreams and goals you want to pursue. Eat, sleep, exercise and iterate. Remember, execution is key in spite of what the experts...

Why is the Bay Area so Important for Startups?

Story 1. A few years ago, I ran into Ron Conway at a networking event. He is known as one of the most prolific startup investors of all time. I introduced myself to Ron, told him what I was working on, and he immediately introduced me to one of his partners. I later...

Startups are F$#%^& Tricky

uBeam received some not so positive press in the past couple days. I was walking to my neighborhood coffee shop in San Francisco on Thursday, and coincidentally saw Mark Suster walking in the opposite direction. Mark led a $10M round for uBeam. I thought about what it...

3 Ways to Influence People

I was very mischievous and found it easy to get into trouble as a kid. One afternoon, I drew on the kitchen wall with crayons and ended up making quite the mess. My parents weren’t too happy when they found out, but they didn’t know whether it was me or one of my...

The Magic of Thinking Big

One of the first jobs I had was at a company where I sold computers and servers. I was part of a team of 8 people. On an average day, my colleagues sold between 5k to 8k worth of equipment. I sold 100k–120k worth of equipment every single day. I was selling more than...